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K-State Today

August 22, 2012

Deja vu: K-State featured again by Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the nation

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

In a repeat performance, Kansas State University is recognized on the Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges."

Only 15 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges and three international colleges are recognized in the publication. The list includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories. It also included rankings based on The Princeton Review's survey of students attending the colleges of the top 20 schools in 62 categories.

From the student surveys Kansas State University is ranked No. 2 for great campus and community relations; No. 4 for the best quality of life; No. 8 for the happiest students; No. 12 in best-run colleges; No. 13 in their students love these colleges; No. 14 in the jock schools category; and No. 16 in the most religious students category.

"K-Staters know it and the Princeton Review confirms it: K-State is one of the best college experiences in the nation," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. "Our recognition in this elite publication is a direct result of our award-winning and caring faculty and student life staff, and the more than 250 academic programs and majors available to students. It's great to have others in the nation recognize our efforts to make K-State a classic college experience."

Out of all of the top 377 colleges, the publication also ranked Kansas State University No. 64 in fire safety, No. 79 in the green rating and No. 99 in quality of life.

"We commend Kansas State University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president-publisher and author of "The Best 377 Colleges." 

The schools listed in the publication are based on institutional data, visits to the university, feedback from current students, and the opinions of staff and a 30-person National College Counselor Advisory Board. The rankings are based on an 80-question student survey.

Earlier this year the university was included in "The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition," a book by the Princeton Review that identified the top 75 public and top 75 private colleges and universities as true values when it comes to getting a quality education.

The university was also featured in Forbes magazine's 2012 America's Best Colleges List, which includes 650 colleges nationwide.